The Whole Bluetorch Story
TransWorld Surf Biz's Sean O'Brien gets to the bottom of the
recent Bluetorch sale and purchase agreements with Marvin
Winkler and Ian Cairns.
Register story on Bluetorch
Swell Becomes Mail-order Only
Some Swell.com visitors will be surprised this week when
they type in the URL only to find a page filled with T-shirts
and flip-flops for sale. In an
explanation posted November 3 it was all explained as a "marriage
between two media companies." Swell will now be the
mail-order site while Surfing Magazine takes over the editorial
duties in "The Magazine" section. While the original
plan seems dead, we're not dancing on Swell's coffin just yet.
In The Lineup
In what sounds more like a story out of the
Onion, the LA Times profiles Rabbi Nachum Shifren,
a Hasidic Jew who loves surfing so much that he wrote a book titled
"Surfing Rabbi.". First interview question (and
we're not kidding); "Does your beard get in the way when
On Trial For Altercation with Skater
Actor C. Thomas Howell went on trial last week on five
misdemeanor counts after hitting 20-year-old skateboarder
Shawn C. Burgess with his truck in December in Reseda.
After leaving the scene the 35-year-old returned with a hammer
and threatened to hit him. If convicted, Howell faces more than
four years in jail.
San Clemente favorite surfing brothers Patrick, Dane,
and Tanner get some cool coverage in the LA Times
as writer Eric Sondheimer follows them around for the day.
Herald Likes Dogtown and Z-Boys
Writer Rene Rodriguez says, "A raucous look at an
equally raucous phenomenon, Dogtown and Z-Boys is an affectionate,
engrossing snapshot of the 1970s California skateboarding scene
and its far-reaching influence on American pop culture."
Couldn't have said it better ourselves.
Pro/Am Surf Series Grows
Founder Seth Matson has piloted the series through seven
years of growth and as it wraps up for another year there he has
no plans for slowing the event down.
Hawk, Microsoft, And Taco Bell Hook Up
In a three-way powerhouse deal Taco Bell is giving away
X Boxes and Tony Hawk's new Pro Skater on X Box
features Taco Bell banners. How's that for cross marketing?
Pleads Guilty to Killing Skateboarder
According to he San Diego Union, "Minutes before he
was to go on trial for the shooting death of a young skateboarder,
Ruben Tadepa changed his plea to guilty at the urging of
the victim's stepfather.
Fight Of Bongo Boards
KZT Sports takes Balance Designs to U.N.-backed
World Intellectual Property Organization in fight to get
the domain Bongoboard.com which Balance registered in 1999.
and Fawcett Use by Nat. Team
Olympic snowboarder Jasey Jay Anderson doesn't like
the idea of having his and Mark Fawcett's names used by
the Canadian National Team to get sponsors that neither
of them see any benefit from. It's called sharing, Jasey.
best medal hope for Canada
Clark Up For Auction On Ebay
Thinking it a clever way to attract attention and raise funds
for the US Olympic Team, marketing people have placed meetings
with athletes like Clark up for sale on the online auction site.
here for the whole list of people and things.
Big Wave Hunting Is Serious Business
LA Times writer Pete Thomas explains just how difficult
it is now for surfers to hunt down the Billabong Odyssey's
100 foot wave. You really have to be a professional. Does
the word "duh" mean anything to you Pete?
AOL Selling Some Magazines?
According to the New York Post, AOL Time Warner
is said to be quietly talking about selling some of the magazines
picked up when Time Inc. purchased Times Mirror Magazines
a year ago for $475 million. Time Inc President Don Logan denied
Suspends Alex Goes Line
Quik CEO Bob McKnight said that due to the economic
climate the company would put it "on sabbatical for a while."
Apparently saucy soccer moms either squeeze into Roxy or
they wear nothing at all.
Jonze Working For the Fed
Girls In Maxim
Sentenced to Six Years
Owner Charged With Rape
Previous Bags o' Crapola:
-October 25, 2001
-September 6, 2001
-August 20, 2001
Special thanks: to Jim Romenesko's MediaGossip.com